schoolmarm

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From school +‎ marm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

schoolmarm ‎(plural schoolmarms)

  1. (US, slang) A woman who is a teacher, especially a teacher in a schoolhouse; may carry the connotation she is severe.
    • 2013, Josh Rountree, ‎Lon Prater, Alamo Rising
      The schoolmarm came to an abrupt stop in her arithmetic quizzing, her face set into a pruny scowl that looked to be permanent.
  2. A person, male or female, who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers of the old times, such as strict enforcement of arbitrary rules.
  3. (forestry) A tree with two or more trunks; a forked tree.